The Emerald Ash Borer
It's here to stay!
Generally speaking the EAB has a life cycle of one year and in colder climates it could have a two year life cycle. What that means is that the pest only lives for one year but only after reproducing at a prolific rate. Let's start with the month of May and progress through its development. Around the middle of May the larvae (that had overwintered in the trees inner recesses of the trunk, technically speaking the phloem which serves to transport nutrients throughout the tree) emerge as adult beetles and begin looking for their mates.
First off never plant another ash tree again. Never. Secondly, never move firewood within or outside the state. If you do burn the firewood when camping, buy the wood locally and burn it all before leaving. Thirdly, when a tree shows signs of EAB, remove the infected tree as soon as possible. That is currently our management strategy at the Cathoilc Cemeteies. And always remember that the only 100% proven control measure for EAB eradication is the removal of infected trees.
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